7th Biennial Vincentian Chair of Social Justice Conference: Poverty Eradication and Intergenerational Justice: Stewardship, Solidarity and Subsidiarity

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Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Daniel K. Finn

    Professor of Theology and the William E. and Virginia Clemens Chair in Economics and the Liberal Arts
    St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

Conference Statement

Twenty years ago, Pope John Paul II in the document Centesimus Annus examined 100 years of CST in light of the rapid globalization of the 20th century. Twenty five years ago, the U.S. Catholic Bishops published Economic Justice for All. In that document, the Bishops required us to shape economic life by answering three questions: “What it does the economy do for people? What does it do to people? And how do people participate in it?”

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, these documents challenge us to live in solidarity and practice subsidiarity as we attempt to overcome the great inequalities in wealth, income, consumption, and access to resources throughout the world.

This conference examines the conditions and the attitudes necessary for the common good –“the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.” (GS 26 S. 1.) The three essential elements of the common good are “respect for the human person; social well being and development; and peace”. The principles of solidarity and subsidiarity will also be explored as they support stewardship in social and economic justice.

Through the perspective of Catholic Social Thought and the Vincentian Tradition, we will view the role and responsibility of governments, civil society, businesses, and even individuals to eradicate poverty and advance sustainable prosperity with intergenerational justice for all.

Conference Goals

  1. Provide opportunities for education and reflection on Catholic Social Thought principles of Stewardship, Solidarity, and Subsidiary and the Vincentian Tradition so as to direct hearts and minds to sustainable economic and social justice for all.
  2. Consider the quality and sustainability of policies and practices of governments, civil society, and markets, which respect human dignity, promote the common good, protect human rights, address systemic poverty, and assure justice.
  3. Foster dialogue and motivate commitment among students, academics, practitioners, policy makers, and church leaders so that both witness to and action for justice will be advanced.
  4. Examine issues from the perspective of people living on the margins/ in poverty as well as our shared responsibility to live as responsible stewards for present and future generations.



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Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)